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  1. has it been/will it be published in a peer-reviewed journal?
  2. I mean I am sure that are people who did this your way and got in as well so my way is by no means the only good one. I would say the actual roles you've held are far more important than these minute details as to how you describe them. What are your leadership roles?
  3. you don't have enough space to describe how the activity impacted you. I literally just wrote down what I did for that specific activity.
  4. I can only speak for UAlberta as I've just started it. We have a pass/fail curriculum so I think that definitely takes the edge off. Also it has been stated to us quite a few times during the orientation week that the program is no longer meant to stratify us as premed programs do, so again I am expecting far less competitiveness and quite a bit more collegiality than in undergrad. Cannot speak for any other schools but would be interested in hearing what they're like.
  5. Everything you put into the application is taken into account. Absolutely speak about formative experiences and their relations to medicine.
  6. Fellow 2024s, I'm guessing I'm not the only one who has decided to relocate to Edmonton despite the online curriculum. Although the official orientation events will be all virtual, nothing's stopping us from getting together in an unofficial capacity (while following the appropriate COVID guidelines). So if you're in YEG and are not opposed to the idea of meeting in person sometime during the orientation week, shoot me a message or leave a comment below. I look forward to meeting however many of us
  7. Our 2020 AMA application states the following: "Please note, the AMA membership fee automatically includes CMA membership at no additional cost to you. While we strongly recommend maintaining membership in both Associations, CMA membership is voluntary."
  8. at uAlberta we sign up for AMA (Alberta Medical Association) and CMA simultaneously. The membership year runs from October to September, and the university will be collecting membership dues on AMA/CMA's behalf beginning October 1st. I am guessing you have a similar thing set up wherever you're at, so just hang tight, you will be notified by email closer to October.
  9. probably a French-speaking program or Ottawa (which a has an English and a French stream but neither requires MCAT)
  10. I came here at the age of 13 but had no prior English exposure so it wasn't until Grade 11 that I transitioned into a regular language class. DM me for specific tips on CARS
  11. Cannot find any studies on this either but I should tell you that in the group of people I practiced MMIs with (there were about 20 of us) in Calgary, the vast majority were first-generation immigrants who were born outside of Canada; quite a few had an accent as well. I don't know exactly how many of us got in in the end but it was at least half. For me personally, my ESL status has definitely held me back in CARS and I had to retake the MCAT solely because of it. It was still doable though and I scored 128 in the end.
  12. It's back on. They've added a 'Black Applicants' and a 'Military Medical Training Program' sections. Admission stats have not been updated. *don't know if it said this earlier but the 2020/2021 interviews will be virtual as well
  13. That is exactly why I made a point about Canadian-born IMGs with the second study.
  14. Not sure why no one has answered this so I'll give it a go (though I am by no means an expert as I'm also going into first year at U of A). So based on a recent discussion on our class' FB group, most upper-year students are suggesting not to purchase any textbooks aside from the cardiology one (called Pathophysiology of Heart Disease by Leonard Lilly), and that one should be available online for free through the U of A library portal. Someone suggested getting the Toronto Notes once our class representative sells them. I also read that we will have access to notes from upper years for our blocks once they begin. I'm pretty sure that there are way more resources out there than we actually need and I will definitely wait until lectures start to really see if I need anything beyond aforementioned. I heard good things about Lecturio and Osmosis, but won't be using them right away (if at all) either. Will be using anki for sure though. I understand that mechanical engineering isn't exactly a traditional premed program but then there isn't a designated premed program anyway, so I don't think that puts you at a disadvantage. Have faith in the admissions committee, if they felt that you're a good fit for the program, that implies their belief in your academic capacity. I specifically recall how during our virtual get-together with the 2023s, one student said that he is actually a lot more at ease in med school as compared to undergrad in spite of the overwhelming curriculum because he no longer feels the need to be the best in class. It's a Pass/Fail system after all and as far as I can tell there's quite a bit of collegiality amongst students. Lastly, I'll mention two videos that speak about studying in med school. The first one is by a current fourth-year med student at U of A. In it he talks about the specific study techniques he uses. The second one is a more general advice on how to succeed in first year. Cheers
  15. Doesn't open for me either. They're probably working on updates, maybe the 2024 admission stats?
  16. YES for life. I believe that there may be long-term challenges that extend beyond the attainment of a North American residency. This article for example speaks of workplace bias and discrimination, limitations in choice of geographic location, field of specialty or opportunities for advancement within their field (e.g. "being passed over for promotions due to IMG status"). I understand that the argument could be made that these challenges are specific to immigrant IMGs only. But that is not the case. This paper focuses on the "after the match" experience of both immigrant-IMGs and Canadian-born IMGs: "There was a very strong perception among all of our participants of being treated differently by their peers, faculty members, and the overall educational system as compared to their peers who graduated from Canadian medical schools."
  17. I got my CCID (i.e. username) after submitting the primary application last year. Someone please correct me if that's wrong.
  18. I meant that in the eyes of residency programs it will matter.
  19. 1) It will be exceptionally difficult for you to match into a competitive residency program (e.g. surgery or radiology) in Canada after completing your medical training abroad. It is more doable with family medicine but not exactly easy either. Many IMGs (international medical graduates) wishing to practice family medicine in Canada first have to work in rural locales through return of service agreements. 2) Irish and Caribbean schools are notoriously expensive. For example, the annual cost of tuition at the Royal College of Surgeons was 63,000 in 2010 and it is likely much higher now. The top funding source for 95% of students was family savings. Check out this document and look at Figures 27 and 28 for more. 3) You will be considered an IMG for life, and an international MD is simply not equivalent to a Canadian one. I understand that it is very tempting to go straight into medical school after high school and become an MD within six years. But it is a huge gamble. Imagine you graduate from an international medical school with hundreds of thousands of debt, unable to match anywhere in North America. Of course there are students who match and do well but that does not happen for everybody. Do your undergrad in Canada. By the time you finish you may even find another career to pursue. Yes it may take you several attempts to get into a Canadian medical school but it will be worth it in the end. And the time spent applying and (re)applying is by no means a waste of time; you can work/travel/pursue your hobbies and in general do the things you won't have the time for in med school or residency. I would really encourage you to not make any hasty decisions on doing MD abroad.
  20. I personally have met so many British nurses at a hospital I volunteered at in Calgary that it made me wonder just how dissatisfied they must have been with the NHS in the UK. Regardless of that, I don't think pursuing post-secondary education there is generally a good idea because it's way more expensive than here.
  21. I am not at all surprised to hear this to be honest. I am also in western Canada and considered opening LOC with TD for the same reasons you've listed. Gladly I've decided not to based on a very brief interaction I had with their financial advisor who claimed that the interest rate for me will be prime + 1.0% and the maximum amount will be 275k. A simple google search tells me that neither of those values are correct. They also repeatedly asked me whether I'm employed and found it so very odd that I - a medical student with so much time on my hands - am not.
  22. I think @jphogenbach267 did not get an interview at all and is asking why that might have been given that their stats are similar to those who were offered an interview
  23. To add to the above: your verifiers' responses/lack thereof can make a difference too.
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